Mother Marianne Cope, Kateri Tekawitha now officially saints

Two women with ties to Central New York are now Saints in the Roman Catholic Church.

In a ceremony that lasted two and a half hours, the Pope canonized Mother Marianne Cope, a Franciscan nun who llived in Utica and founded Syracuse's St. Joseph's Hospital before going to Hawaii to minister to lepers, and Kateri Tekawitha, a Mohawk girl who started her life in what is now Fonda, and is now the first Native American saint.

We have continuing coverage on NBC-3, with Matt Mulcahy reporting live from Rome at 9, on Weekend Today in Central NY.